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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks

From US$225.00
  • Afternoon and nighttime tour from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle
  • Travel along remote Dalton Highway, seen in Ice Road Truckers
  • See parts of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Finger Mountain, and cross the Yukon River on the EL Patton Bridge
Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
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Arctic Circle and Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
From US$225.00
Imagine yourself on the TV show 'Ice Road Truckers' on this tour that takes you along the Dalton Highway (aka Alaska Route 11) from Fairbanks to the edge of the Arctic Circle. During your 14-hour journey into the Alaskan wilderness, cross the Yukon River and set eyes on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems. On the return drive, watch for the northern lights (aurora borealis). Food, warm drinks and hotel transport are included in this small-group experience limited to just eight people.
What to Expect
Journey along one of the world’s most isolated roads from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle on this 14-hour tour through the Alaskan wilderness. Following afternoon hotel pickup in Fairbanks, travel with your informative guide along the Dalton Highway, technically Alaska Route 11. You’ll stop occasionally to stretch your legs and snap memorable photos of key sites. Plus, keep your eyes open for Alaskan wildlife like foxes, moose, or possibly even bears, wolves or lynx.
Dalton Highway runs north-south through Alaska, almost to the Arctic Ocean, and parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Stop along a section of the pipeline in the community of Fox, and get a good look at its construction while learning about its controversies and environmental impact. One of the world’s largest pipeline systems, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built in the 1970s to carry crude oil from Prudhoe Bay 800 miles (1,287 km) south to Valdez.
Back on the Dalton Highway, drive over the EL Patton Bridge, the only bridge in Alaska that crosses the Yukon River. With an impressive length of 2,295 feet (700 meters), the bridge carries not only vehicle traffic but also the pipeline. Take a picture of the bridge and then stop again further down the road to admire Finger Mountain that offers views of the alpine tundra. 

When you arrive at the edge of the Arctic Circle, pose for commemorative photos around the sign displaying your latitude of 66°33’ north. Absorb the natural beauty around you and enjoy the provided sandwiches, coffee and homemade hot punch.
Then, climb back aboard your vehicle to begin the drive back to Fairbanks. At this time, it'll be about two to three hours before midnight, an ideal period to start watching for the northern lights. If they do appear, your driver will pull over at several different spots, including the Tolovana River and Wickersham Dome, to give you ample time to marvel at and take photos of this natural phenomenon.
Your Fairbanks northern lights tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the early morning hours.
Reviews (68)
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great Experience

First let me state that you shouldn't judge this tour based on seeing the Aurora or not. We didn't see it as it was overcast and snowing most of the time but it was a great experience anyways. Our guide Dave was great, driving us...More

Thank Ailton007
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great Tour Guide, Unforgettable Trip

The aurora activity was low on the night we went, but our tour guide Ricky made the trip a great experience! He had so many interesting stories to share along the way and was very knowledgeable about the area. Besides hunting for the northern lights,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 791crystalb
Reviewed 1 week ago
Must do activity if you come for northern lights

We came to Fairbanks for 3 days, but didn't see it in the first two nights. We went to this tour on the third night. The van is clean and warm. Ricky, our guide, tried his best to look for northern lights for us. Finally...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank amya11111111
Rainer Z, Manager at Alaska-Wildlife-Guide - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello from North Pole, thank you so much for taking your time and leaving us such a great review. Ricky definitely knows and loves what he is doing. All of our guides will try their hardest to find the lights. So glad you got to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dave, the Aurora Whisperer

This trip was fantastic. It's a long trip, so you need to be prepared to spend 10-12 hours in a van. Our driver was Dave. He was knowledgeable, funny, and kind. He was also very safe, which I appreciated from the back row in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lemonade-Diva
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Magic filled atmosphere!

This was a beautiful tour and had such a fun time enjoying it. Our tour guide, Susie, was absolutely fantastic and fun to have; would not have traded for any other tour guide even if possible! Tour was worth the money!

3  Thank baudinetp01
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6 September 2018|
Response from Charmagne C |
Hi Jitu, you can also check the forecast from online (university of alaska forecast) and it says there that November 3 has a high chance of seeing the aurora.
Albert l
12 June 2018|
Response from aynihealingoasis |
I have been here 4 days in Fairbanks October 3rd 2018 and I have seen northern lights twice already. Tonight is supposed to be spectacular... if you follow by the new moon phase from the late August to early April you will... More